Mavs turn mayor into bobblehead

Wednesday, August 17, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:10 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 13, 2008

Batman, Rudy Giuliani and Laura Bush all have one. Arnold Schwarzenegger even sued manufacturers over his. Now residents of Columbia will have the chance to show off a bobblehead doll of their mayor.

On Aug. 26, the Mid-Missouri Mavericks will celebrate their last Friday night home game of the season by giving away 500 bobblehead dolls of Mayor Darwin Hindman.

Hindman remains modest about having his likeness immortalized as a figurine.

“I find it hard to believe that someone would want a Mayor Hindman bobblehead, but I’m flattered by the idea,” he said.

Gary Wendt, Mavericks team president, pitched the idea to Hindman late last year.

“We were looking for a local icon,” said Wendt. “The mayor was instrumental in the Mavericks’ coming to Columbia. We wanted to have some fun with it.”

Hindman was receptive to the proposal. “I was honored. I said, ‘Let’s do it.’”

Boone County National Bank is sponsoring the giveaway. Mary Wilkerson, vice president of marketing, said it has been a regular supporter of the Mavericks since the team came to town three years ago.

“The Mavericks are a nice addition to Columbia,” Wilkerson said. “Mayor Hindman is a beloved figure in our city. This is a terrific marriage of the two ideas.”

The Mavericks have used the bobblehead promotion each of the past three years. Last year, the team gave away replicas of Jack Clark, a former St. Louis Cardinals power hitter who was the team’s manager at the time. In 2003, it distributed bobblehead dolls of Tom Henke, a former major league pitcher, a native of Missouri and a close friend of the team.

The Aug. 26 game begins at 7:05 p.m. at MU’s Taylor Stadium. The Mavericks will be taking on the River City Rascals.

Hindman hasn’t decided where he’ll display his doll.

“But I’m thinking about that. I’m thinking about the right place for it,” he said.

The Hindman bobbleheads were made in China. While it might seem an expensive enterprise to create a doll in the mayor’s image, it’s cheaper than you think. Several companies offer custom bobbleheads online for as little as $80.

This Friday, the Mavericks are offering free mini FM radios for the first 1,000 fans. That distribution is sponsored by Children’s Hospital. That game also begins at 7:05 p.m.

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